S.869 - Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area Act
A bill to establish the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF ALABAMA BLACK BELT NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
(b) Boundaries- The National Heritage Area shall consist of sites as designated by the management plan within a core area located in Alabama, consisting of Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox counties.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY.
(3) make available for audit, for each fiscal year for which the local coordinating entity receives Federal funds, all information pertaining to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) enter into cooperative agreements with or provide technical assistance to political jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested parties;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) support activities of partners and any other activities that further the purposes of the National Heritage Area and are consistent with the approved management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT PLAN.
(1) describe comprehensive policies, goals, strategies, and recommendations for telling the story of the heritage of the area covered by the National Heritage Area and encouraging long-term resource protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) include a description of actions and commitments that Federal, State, and local governments, private organizations, and citizens plan to take to protect, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and develop the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) specify existing and potential sources of funding or economic development strategies to protect, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and develop the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) include an inventory of the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the National Heritage Area related to the national importance and themes of the National Heritage Area that should be protected, enhanced, interpreted, funded, managed, and developed;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) include recommendations for resource management policies and strategies, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency agreements to protect, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and develop the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the local coordinating entity or any Federal, State, or local government agency, organization, business, or individual;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) include an analysis of, and recommendations for, means by which Federal, State, and local programs may best be coordinated (including the role of the National Park Service and other Federal agencies associated with the National Heritage Area) to further the purposes of this Act; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Deadline- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the local coordinating entity shall submit the management plan to the Secretary for approval.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) REVIEW- Not later than 180 days after receiving the management plan, the Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove the management plan on the basis of the criteria listed in paragraph (3).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) represents the diverse interests of the National Heritage Area, including Federal, State, and local governments, natural, and historical resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, recreational organizations, community residents, and private property owners;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) has afforded adequate opportunity for public and Federal, State, and local governmental involvement (including through workshops and public meetings) in the preparation of the management plan;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) describes resource protection, enhancement, interpretation, funding, management, and development strategies which, if implemented, would adequately protect, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and develop the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) demonstrates partnerships among the local coordinating entity, Federal, State, and local governments, regional planning organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private sector parties for implementation of the management plan; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) the Secretary has received adequate assurances from the appropriate State and local officials whose support is needed that the State and local aspects of the management plan will be effectively implemented.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- An amendment to the approved management plan that substantially alters such plan shall be reviewed by the Secretary and approved or disapproved in the same manner as the original management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. EVALUATION; REPORT.
(3) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the National Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the National Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. The report shall include recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the National Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES.
(b) Consultation and Coordination- The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the National Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity to the maximum extent practicable.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. PRIVATE PROPERTY AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS.
(1) abridges the rights of any owner of public or private property, including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the National Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) requires any property owner to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, tribal, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner, or to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, tribal, or local law;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, tribal, or local agency, or conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to any local coordinating entity, including development and management of energy, water, or water-related infrastructure;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink